Coast Guard Publishes Circular for International Marine Casualty Investigations

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a circular in the Federal Register on December 1 announcing policy and guidance for the coordination and cooperation of marine casualty investigations with other substantially interested States (SISs) consistent with the generally recognized practices and…

Detained Vessel Has No Claim for Damages under Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships

District of Columbia District Court First to Interpret Damages Provision of APPS By Haley Guepet Angelex Ltd. v. United States, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159810, 2017 WL 4355920. Facts In April 2013, the M/V ANTONIS S. PAPPADAKIS (“the vessel”) arrived…

Court Interprets “Public Vessel” under OPA 90

Vessel under contract to U.S. is a Public Vessel and exempt from OPA 90 By José I. Lavastida Ironshore Specialty Ins. Co. v. U.S., No. 16-1589, LEXIS 17928 (1st Cir. September 15, 2017). In a case of first impression, the First…

Coast Guard Announces Cooperative Research Agreement For Small Aircraft Systems Use by First Responders and Dept. of Homeland Security

Today, in the federal register, the U.S. Coast Guard  announced its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) sensors or payloads, to determine their potential use…


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